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Last time we talked, I mentioned that I’d cut back on washing my hair. That was definitely the plan, and it worked for a few days. But then the greasies took over. Though my locks felt lustrous, they were limp and lame. Like others with fine, wavy hair, I apparently can’t get away with prolonged periods of washlessness. Had I tried this experiment seven months ago when I was working from home, the results might have been different. Had I kept my hair long instead of chopping it off on a whim (like I tend to do), I might not be complaining. I could have suffered through the greasy hump and given my hair time to return to a state of normalcy. Unfortunately, my hair is short, and I need to show my face in public every day. Therefore, I can’t look like a grease monkey.

So I caved. I used the Aubrey products yesterday. But even those couldn’t cut through the buildup of oils that had amassed in almost a week. It was time to take it to the next level and try some baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This morning I woke up five minutes early so I could tip-toe into the kitchen and mix up the concoctions: 1 tablespoon of baking soda in one cup of water for shampoo, and 2 tablespoons of ACV in one cup of water for conditioning rinse. I brought my two pint glasses of “cleanser” into the shower with me and got started.

Note to self: use warm water for these mixes! Pouring cold tap water over your head first thing in the morning is certainly a good way to wake up, but I didn’t sign up for shock therapy when starting these experiments.

Needless to say, I survived the ice water assault and emerged from the shower with much cleaner-feeling hair. Now I get to see how long this lasts.

A couple of hair styling recipes I tried:

Flax seed hair gel; a natural and healthy alternative to store-bought junk. I simmered 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Doing so created a frothy gel-like substance. It seemed all well and good, until I tried to get the ground seeds out of there. Gel doesn’t exactly strain well, and I was left with a gooey substance full of brown flakes. Not exactly something I want in my hair all day. Similar complaints were posted online, along with a multitude of random solutions (like use whole flax seeds, for one). I may take the advice and give it another go, but in the meantime I found a nicer alternative….

Aloe hairspray. We all know that aloe has all sorts of great benefits, like making hair shiny, controlling frizz (bonus for me), and it’s hydrating. If it can do all that for my hair, why not put it in? So I took food-grade liquid aloe, put it in one of my old (cleaned out) Aveda hairspray bottles, mixed in a little olive oil and a couple drops of lavender essential oil. I sprayed it on this morning before styling, and it seems pretty nice! My hair feels soft, and it doesn’t have as many flyaways as usual. The true test will be when the weather gets muggy.

If I could make a volumizing product at home, that would be ideal. In the meantime, it’s all about the aloe.

More to come on the hair and skin experiment as I try new things (like massaging coconut oil onto my mug before washing it).

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